Helen Keller said, “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.” This amazing insight comes from a lady who could not see, hear or speak! Jesus of Nazareth said many in this world have ears but cannot hear and eyes but cannot see. For our purposes, we might add, “Sad is the leader who will not or cannot lead.” But, let it not be so with those who read these words!
Much of leadership is dependent upon the leader’s ability to have vision, to listen carefully and to interpret what is going on in the lives of team members, the industry or discipline in which he or she serves, market changes, shifts in national or regional attitudes and more. The good leader must not close ears or eyes to even the smallest of opportunities to teach and lead others forward. If you are a business leader, one thing is for sure; your competition is always improving. Leaders who have ears and eyes that are not of the physical nature, have the potential to lead the pack and beat the competition.
What actions will you take to increase your sight and hearing? How long has it been since you have truly listened to the hopes and hurts of those you lead? Take the time to dream and imagine big, even crazy dreams for your organization. Open your eyes and remove the clutter from your ears! Lead with vision and a keen understanding of what is going on around you. Lead your people forward!